New SND building to open in April 2007
THE OPENING ceremony for the Slovak National Theatre's (SND) new building will take place on April 14, 2007 after 21 years of construction.
According to Culture Minister Marek Maďarič, on January 1, 2007 a three-month period of operational testing will begin involving all three SND theatre ensembles, including actors, ballet dancers and opera singers practicing their repertoires.
In February and March warm-up performances will be open to the public.
SND Director Silvia Hroncová added that an open house would be held on April 14 with an all-day programme for people of all ages.
Since ground was broken on the theatre in 1986, the state has invested Sk4.7 billion (€124 million) into the new SND complex. At times, various governments were so exasperated by the expense and delays that they considered selling the building to the investor or renting out space in it for other uses.
Prepared by Spectator staff
from press reports